“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.

U.S. Sees Reading Scores Drop, Is Bypassed by 3 Nations, MERCURYNEWS.COM
“One-quarter of students arrived at school hungry every day, and scored on average 32 points lower than those who are well fed.”

Striking Back Against Hunger, SMDAILYJOURNAL.COM
We are always impressed by the food and fund drive campaign over at San Mateo High School!

The Silicon Valley Paradox: One in Four People Are At Risk of Hunger, THEGUARDIAN.COM
Our new study found that hunger in Silicon Valley is far more pervasive than previously believed.

USDA Opens Door For States To Impose New Rules On Food Stamps, NPR.ORG
“Nutrition programs, including SNAP, made up about 80 percent of the USDA’s budget in the most recent farm bill, making it the largest portion of agency spending. About 44 million people participated in SNAP each month in 2016, at a cost of $70.9 billion. Nearly two-thirds were under 18, over 60 or disabled,according to the USDA.”

As Bay Area Rents Skyrockets, More Families Go Hungry, MERCURYNEWS.COM
“Of those who are food insecure, an estimated 30 percent said their rent had increased in the past year and 13 percent faced eviction or foreclosure, the study said.”

Growing Future Foodies, FOODTANK.COM
Still looking for some gift ideas for kids? Check out this list of books about food, compiled by Food Tank: The Food Think Tank.

Study Shows Many Silicon Valley Families Struggling With Food Bills, SANFRANCISCO.CBSLOCAL.COM
“Over the last decade, the number of people [Second Harvest] serves has swelled to 257,000 a 46 percent increase since 2007. The clientele has also changed. Almost nine out of ten people now needing food assistance have a job.”

Mountain View Firefighters Hand Out Food to Seniors, ABC7NEWS.COM
This is the 14th year that the Mountain View Fire Department helped us distribute food at the Mountain View Senior Center!

Opinion: Alarming Number of Santa Clara, San Mateo Counties’ Residents At Risk of Hunger, MERCURYNEWS.COM
“For me, the holidays are also a little bittersweet. That’s because I’ve worked in food-banking for the last 19 years, and I’ve seen firsthand how some families struggle to put food on the table during the holidays – and all year long. But this year, my first holiday season as CEO of Second Harvest, I’m feeling the enormity of local hunger like never before.” Read CEO Leslie Bacho’s Op-Ed in the Mercury News.

As Housing Prices Rise, 17,000 Bay Area Workers Commute from the Sacramento Region, SACBEE.COM
“The weekday commute to the Bay Area from the Sacramento region isn’t easy. It can range from a 90-minute train ride to Richmond to a multi-hour slog to Silicon Valley.”

I Never Knew How Wrong I Was About People on Food Stamps – Until I Was One of Them, MIC.COM
“‘[Through] my own time on SNAP, it really taught me that food stamps and SNAP can look like anybody.'”

Seasons of Sharing: Formerly Homeless Single Father Gets Help With Rent, SFGATE.COM
“‘It takes a village to be a safety net,’ [Marie Bernard, executive director of Sunnyvale Community Services] said to Juarez… ‘And the individual has to be strong about asking and following up. For all the help the nonprofits do, it’s 90 percent you.’ Bernard’s group, along with Gardner Family Care, Second Harvest, Downtown Streets and LifeMoves, each played a role in helping Juarez seek medical care, food, housing and therapy.”

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